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Mourinho: Hazard comment fine

Jose Mourinho admitted Eden Hazard's mistake had proved very costly in Chelsea Champions League elimination but he had no problem with the Belgium playmaker's comments following the midweek exit to Atletico Madrid.

Hazard's failure to track back allowed Atletico to equalise in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg and the Belgian later said the Blues are set up to counter-attack, not to take the initiative in games.

The comments were interpreted as a slight on Mourinho's tactics, which have been criticised of late, and came from a player linked with Paris St Germain this summer.

"I listened to the interview," said Mourinho, whose side lost 3-1 to Atletico and play Norwich in the Premier League on Sunday.

"There was nothing critical in what he said. When the comments come from a player like Eden it's normal because he's not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team.

"Normally you get these kind of comments from players like him, from players that can't resolve a problem like we had in the first goal.

"Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him.

"If you see the first goal of Atletico you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal.

"The perfect team at the top level cannot make these kinds of mistakes."

Mourinho has now turned his attention to the Premier League and the club's outside chance of snatching the Premier League title from under the noses of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Mourinho's men host Norwich City on Sunday before travelling to Cardiff seven days later and he said: "The only thing we can do is win both our matches. We play against two teams who desperately need the three points.

"At this moment City have three matches to win to be champions but you never know.

"It's because of matches like Villa and Sunderland that we're not in a better position. It's not been a bad season, it's been a transitional season, and to arrive where we have is very good."

Mourinho insisted the season was a good stepping stone to success and added: "To fight for the title until the end is very good and to reach the Champions League semi-final is a good step.

"Chelsea will be quiet and calm during the transfer window, we will make a couple of critical signings."

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